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Ted Stetson is a member of SFWA. He was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island and went to Seton Hall and Hofstra. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. He was awarded First Place by the Florida Literary Arts Council and First Place in the Lucy B. McIntire contest of the Poetry Society of Georgia. His short fiction has appeared in Twisted Tongue, MysteryAuthors.com, Future Orbits, State Street Review, and the anthologies; One Evening a Year, Mota: Truth, Ruins Extraterrestrial Terra, Ruins Terra and Barren Worlds. His books include: Night Beasts, The Computer Song Book.
on June 01, 2011 :
A bleak tale told in the voice of a son who describes a dangerous trip through a war-torn wasteland while traveling a bus. The imagery is strong, but the narration lacks consistency. The voice of the son alternates between a marginally educated youth and an adult with a moderate vocabulary. At times, the willful suspension of disbelief is interrupted by the narrator slipping into an omniscient POV.
Lacking substantive dialogue (the first hint of dialogue occurs on page five), the story plods along, pushing dark, dingy, smoky images that manage to evoke the tone that was intended. In this respect the story is a success. The ending and the premise of the story is supported by the travails and the remarkable story that is told.
Despite the story's lack of polish, it shines as an example of how fathers and mothers are tasked with the unenviable responsibility to prepare their children for the realities and brutality of life. And of death.
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